SmartNews aims to provide voters with the most comprehensive, real-time, local and national information during the pandemic and Election 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – September 17, 2020 – SmartNews, the leading global news app, announced today a major product update for Election 2020 to help voters make well-informed voting decisions this fall.
The update adds new features focusing on voter registration, state and local issues and candidates, and information on how and where to cast a ballot, making SmartNews the one-stop solution for election news, information and results.
New product features: “Voter Registration” and ”News From All Sides”
The new election features demonstrate SmartNews’s expanding commitment to local content, serving people where and how they live their daily lives. “Our mission is to provide our users with quality information — what they need to know, what they want to know, and what they’d like to know,” said Rich Jaroslovsky, Vice President for Content & Chief Journalist. “We aim to be an indispensable resource for our users, informing them about the world around them and providing the tools and resources they need to help shape that world through their votes.”
The local-election information complements two other new local-focused features:
An expanded COVID-19 tracker with county-level case counts, the latest on local restrictions and reopening policies, and news about treatment and vaccine developments; and, just in time for the U.S. hurricane-and-wildfire season, a new hyper-localized weather report.
The new local weather feature utilizes SmartNews’s patented radar map design. The “rain radar” map provides a street-level forecast that includes the intensity of expected rainfall as well as its precise location and estimated onset and duration — especially vital information whether a user is dodging late-summer downpours or preparing for more extreme weather.
New product features: “Coronavirus Realtime Updates” and ”Weather Radar”
SmartNews is a leading global news-discovery company dedicated to delivering quality information to the people who need it. SmartNews provides news that matters to millions of users thanks to its unique machine learning technology and relationships with over 3,000 global publisher partners. Founded in 2012, SmartNews has been downloaded more than 50 million times globally. The company has raised $182 million in venture funding, and has achieved a valuation of $1.2 billion, making it the first news app “unicorn” since 2015.